The first two games were decided by a combined five runs. So it was only fitting that the third and final game of the series this season between Ridgeview and Summit went to extra innings.
But after the Ravens banged out 47 hits in the series (16 on Friday), it was not a bat that settled the score. With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, Ridgeview’s Kahl Malott was hit by a pitch, bringing the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run across the plate in the Ravens’ 5-4 Intermountain Hybrid baseball win.
In the bottom of the eighth, Noah Yunker doubled to give the Storm a runner in scoring position with just one out. But Yunker was stranded, and Summit was dealt its second straight loss.
Malott finished with a 3-for-4 day at the plate for Ridgeview, which twice watched a two-run lead get erased by the Storm. Mitch Springer doubled and drove in a run for the Ravens (18-3 overall), Tyler Ross was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Sam Walker belted two doubles. Garrett Dewolf and George Mendazona each went 2 for 4 with a double.
For Summit (11-9), Troy Viola led the way with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs. Yunker was 2 for 4 for the Storm, and Dylan Albertazzi went 2 for 4 with an RBI.